When selecting an editor, what every aspiring author needs is an objective wordsmith to hone their narrative to perfection, to eliminate redundancy and verbosity, focus on the cadence of the story and arouse the reader’s intrigue by maintaining the tension, so that turning the page is irresistible.
A good editor knows it is not just the logic of the plot or the shrewdly observed characterisations that create the successful story, but how the fabric is woven – the ability to use the best word, to conjure immediacy, create action, stay relentlessly on ‘message’ while gradually building to a climax.
Some professional editors make the process so brutal that motivation is stifled, the creative spirit quenched. This is why I so enjoy working with Helen. She will subtly sharpen your text by suggesting slight but clever edits. The improvement will inspire you, carry you forward to tackle the more basic challenges – strengthening characterisations, clarifying the plot, refining the dénouement – with greater determination and creativity.
On the practical side, she will give you a deadline, and stick to it. Her charges are reasonable, and she will discuss her recommendations. Thank you, Helen!
Ian Joseph – Author